Where does tuition go?
The tuition covers a lot more than just the hour that you are at lesson. Even if you have to miss a lesson due to illness or any reason, your tuition continues to work for you.
Below are some of the examples where the tuition goes.
Time spent with the student Lessons, performance classes, group lessons.
Time spent in preparation for the student
Time spent with emails correspondence, feedback, information providing for music events & administrative tasks
Volunteering for students and volunteering in music organizations
Research music for students, lesson planning, bookkeeping, development of curriculum, etc.
Teacher’s training and experience
Recital costs and preparations, Programs, refreshments, facility.
Professional organization memberships Memberships are maintained by the teacher to enhance their teaching skills and provide the student with opportunities for festivals, competitions, and performance events.
Professional journals- publications (paper or online) to assist the teacher in keeping current on new teaching materials and trends.
Music magazines for students - subscribed and made available for students
Studio expenses - equipment for in-person and online teaching and their maintenance, pianos, computers, printer, microphone, camera, computer software, apps, incentive programs, tunings, repairs, newsletters
Music books and CDs/MP3 for students' reference
Supplementary sheet music, worksheets for learning
Studio license Materials, studio library books purchased by the teacher to benefit students.
Property taxes, self-employment taxes, insurance, business licenses, retirement
Continuing education of teacher : Lessons and classes that keep the teacher current on methods and techniques
Attending teachers performance groups, pedagogy groups, ensemble groups to keep my skills up to date the relevant
Book and music club memberships - This enables many discounts to be passed to students.
Extra COVID-19 prevention supplies
As an independent music teacher, there is no corporation to assist in providing health and life insurance by matching funds. Tuition helps cover the increased living costs of your self-employed teacher.